St. Albans Consolidated
Weekly Newsletter March 22, 2013
Preschool is beginning a unit of study on the state of Maine and the world by doing a postcard project. We are asking for parents to ask friends and relatives that live out of town, state, or country to send us a postcard. We are trying to see how many different places we can plot on our map. If you would like to help us, please send a postcard to the school address129 Hartland Road St. Albans, ME 04971. Thank you for helping us to build our social studies skills. Please remember that book orders for March are due by the March 26th.
Our spring conferences will be held next Wednesday and Thursday, March 27 and March 28, from 3:20 until 7:00 p.m. with a break for staff between 5:00 and 5:20. Plan on spending fifteen to twenty minutes to meet with your child’s teacher, and please be understanding that teachers will likely have another conference scheduled immediately after the block you were assigned. If the allotted time is not sufficient, it may be necessary for you to schedule a later follow-up meeting with the teacher. We hope to see you here!
The second grade has just completed their author study project. They had to choose an author they could read, read at least three books by that author, print a picture from the internet, research that author on the internet, take brief notes and write a report. The reports are on the bulletin board by their classroom. Third grade will be doing a similar author study starting next week, having just finished a three week project on using encyclopedias for research. Fourth grade students have just completed a biography of current people of their choice. Now they are researching topics from history.
We’ve expanded our study of shapes and symmetry to a focus on 3-D shapes. We’ve begun by sorting common objects into their shape categories and by learning new vocabulary for these solid shapes. We’ve gone on a 3-D shape hunt in our classroom, and I’ve sent home a handout so you can do the same at home. Please return these by Tuesday, March 26, so we can compare notes. Learning how to form these solid shapes by combining 2-D and/or 3-D shapes is always fun. For example, two ways to make a cylinder are to stack up the same sized circles (thin cylinders such as pennies) or roll up a rectangle and add a circle to the top and bottom. We’ll also deconstruct different types of boxes to see how hollow shapes are constructed from flat cardboard and paper.
The fourth grade leadership group is completing its final week of a drive to collect food for needy local families. This food will be donated to the Tri-Town Food Bank, which serves families from St. Albans, Hartland, and Palmyra. Our goal is to collect 100 food items of boxed or canned good; if each student is able to bring in at least one item, we will be able to reach this goal. Please help us help our local families in need.
Next Friday, March 29, Life Touch Studios will be back in St. Albans to take our school’s spring pictures.
4H Field Trip
Next Monday, March 25, the 4H after-school program will be taking a short field trip to see the maple syrup process in action. It will be an educational and a yummy time!
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-Henry David Thoreau